The MG Hector petrol CVT has been launched in India, with prices starting at Rs 16.52 lakh. It was only at the start of this year that India was introduced to the MG Hector 2021 – which received a slew of updates – and now, MG Motor India has added a CVT automatic option for those who will be spending most of their driving days inside the city, and are looking for a smoother drive experience and better fuel efficiency.

MG has added to the Hector range a CVT automatic, which will be sold alongside the six-speed dual-clutch automatic (DCT) available since the Hector was launched in 2019. The CVT is only available with the non-hybrid version of the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, which makes 143hp and 250Nm of torque. The 48-volt petrol mild-hybrid version of the Hector continues with the six-speed DCT, while the Hector diesel is available with a six-speed manual gearbox only.

MG Hector CVT variants and details

The CVT option for the Hector and Hector Plus is available only with the higher-spec Smart and top-spec Sharp trims in terms of variants. The Hector Smart CVT has priced at Rs 16.52 lakh, while the Hector Sharp CVT costs Rs 18.10 lakh. The six-seat Hector Plus Smart CVT has priced at Rs 17.22 lakh, and the fully-loaded Hector Plus Sharp CVT costs Rs 18.90 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). MG says the idea behind adding a CVT option is to provide more choice to the buyers and make the Hector friendlier drive in the city and more fuel-efficient, with the DCT version targeting those travelling long distances and frequenting highways. However, MG hasn’t shared a fuel economy figure for the Hector and Hector Plus CVT models at this time.

An update for the Hector earlier this year brought a few styling tweaks including a revised grille, a black appliqué between the tail-lights, larger 18-inch alloy wheels new front and rear scuff plates. Additionally, MG also added a Starry Blue paint option for the Hector.

MG Hector features and rivals

On the inside, the 2021 MG Hector gets a champagne-and-black colour scheme, which adds to the airiness inside what is already a relatively spacious SUV.

In terms of features, the 2021 MG Hector packs ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror and the iSmart infotainment system also accept commands in Hindi and Hinglish. As before, the top-spec Hector features a 10.4-inch touchscreen, connected car tech, 360-degree camera and a panoramic sunroof, to name some goodies.

The 5-seat MG Hector rivals the Tata Harrier and the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks.

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